P3: Painting Feathers, Scales, and Fur

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Whether covered in scales, fur, or feathers, these painting tutorials will make your minis shine.

Organic textures can be tricky to paint up. Armor plating can be comparatively straihhtforward–it’s made to be uniform, and sure you need to add variety and weathering or damage and shading. But it’s never as messy or fiddly, necessarily, as the variance you get from good old fashioned living things. Life is chaotic and it uhhh… finds a way.

Pictured: organic texture

But, there are a few tricks you can bring to bear. Which is ironic, because this week we’re starting off with painting feathers–a thing that bears traditionally lack. Although, in these painting videos the feathers are a part of a gatorman’s outfit, so who even knows what’s real anymore.

As you can see though, there’s some pretty effective techniques in there to bring out the color and natural sort of feel to the feathers. And of course, you can see how this befeathered gator got his scales looking as sleek and sexy as they do in this video:

And since we’ve already got feathers and scales, we may as well add fur, because you know that’s one other texture that will almost el certainly crop up in the places you’d least expect.

So take these techniques and get out there and male your miniatures marvelous. But, before you go overboard worth applying stuff, remember not to get so focused on figuring out whether or not you could’ve that you forget to worry about whether or not you should’ve. Also, make sure to count how many minis you have, not just to a certain number, because they have a way of multiplying when left unsupervised. Something about frogs, I think. At any rate, good luck, and happy painting!

Hold on to your butts.

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